Join us on Sunday, February 26, 2017 and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful songs being sung by three women with powerful voices. Victoria, Texas native, April Hall, is a singer/songwriter who grew up in a musical family and started performing Southern gospel music publicly with her family while still a child. Her music brings together many different styles including country, blues, Southern gospel, and jazz. April’s musical influences include Amy Grant, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Toni Price, Shelley King, and Kelly Willis. She released an EP in 2008 and a full-length CD, Nothing’s Perfect In Life, in 2015 that has 11 original songs and 3 covers.
Singer/songwriter Shelley King blends soulful spirituality with blisteringly hot sensual innuendo into a trademarked sound that resulted in her being the first woman ever to be named as the Texas State Musician. She won the honor even before Willie Nelson. Her soul-filled, earthy Americana sound is rooted in southern gospel and blues, dampened by the Gulf-borne humidity of Louisiana, nourished by the river loam of Muscle Shoals, then cleansed by the hot springs of her native Arkansas, with a little Texas country bubbling underneath. Her songs have been covered by Toni Price, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, and others. Her awards include Song of the Year and Band of the Year for roots rock from the Austin Music Awards. Shelley has released seven albums of original music.
Karen Abrahams makes her third appearance at Arhaven House Concerts. A bona fide multi-generational Texan, she is a powerful and energetic performer who moves people with her vocal prowess and range of songwriting styles. Karen is a Kerrville New Folk Winner, a finalist in the Winterhawk NY Bluegrass Festival, and an inductee in the South Texas Music Walk of Fame and the North Florida Blues Hall of Fame. She has released 3 solo albums and her music is a mixture of folk, blues, country, jazz, and bluegrass. Her cover of "White Rabbit" was listed in Esquire Magazine’s Top Ultimate Cover Songs. Karen has been featured in Kathleen Hudson's book, Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songsand Sue Donahoe’s book Never Heard of 'em.